Shifting Focus

Knock knock… is anybody there?

So let’s just get right into it, shall we? I started Beth’s Journey back in 2010, and it’s crazy to think that that was seven (SEVEN!) years ago. I’d lost a bunch of weight after a lifelong struggle, and remember reading so many blogs at the time and not seeing too many popular ones from people who’d lost a substantial amount of weight. I remember feeling like it was impossible to relate to someone who only had 5 or 10 pounds to lose, when I had the tall task of losing a whole person (a small one, but still) in front of me. It wasn’t until I went through the process of losing that last 5 or 10 pounds that I realized how much more difficult and frustrating those last pounds were so there was in fact a lot to relate on, but regardless, I saw a need at the time for a voice like mine in the healthy living/weight loss space, so I stepped into it and embraced it fully.

And, for the first several years, I really loved it. I would live and breathe Beth’s Journey, talk about it to anyone who would listen, brainstorm post ideas ALL THE TIME, keep drafts in my email of different posts or quotes or articles to share, keep up with social media, read and comment on so many other blogs, attend conferences, speak at conferences, brainstorm recipes, photograph everything I’d eat or do… you get the picture (no pun intended). And I don’t regret it for a second. I learned a lot about myself throughout those few years and discovered my voice with writing. I had a lot of incredible experiences, made friends and connected with people from all over the world, and even made some money doing it.

But once I got into my later 20s (and now almost mid-30s… eek!) and took on a more demanding day job, the blogging stuff started to feel more like a chore than anything else. I would pressure myself into writing a certain number of times a week, would be disappointed when I didn’t meet those benchmarks, and then would let emails and comments pile up so it all felt overwhelming and more like something I dreaded than wanted in my life. It didn’t help that my attention had also shifted away from healthy living and weight loss as I started focusing on other more grown-up things like my career and being in a serious relationship, so I felt guilty at the idea of writing about something I wasn’t myself doing. So, I popped in here and there and have written a handful of posts (literally, a handful) over the last few years, but it’s been pretty clear to all involved that my heart hasn’t been in it for a while.

So… What Am I Getting At?

With all that said, over those few years, I’ve started writing posts at least a thousand times, but have always stopped short because I had such a hard time knowing where to start or what to say. I loved having the creative outlet and found writing the posts themselves to be the most effortless part of the whole thing, but struggled with how to broach the subject. So what this all brings me to realize is that it was more the subject matter of Beth’s Journey than anything else that kept me away from the blog, and that I’ve really, really missed writing.

Also, now more than ever, I’m happy with my choice in a blog name because despite the acronym, life is a journey with lots of twists and turns and not all of them are about weight loss. I currently find myself on the brink of starting yet a new chapter in my life, so I’m going to seize the opportunity to shift the focus of Beth’s Journey to topics that I’m more excited about at the moment than weight loss (though I imagine I’ll still touch on it at least sometimes). So, if you’re up for it, I’d love to catch you up on what’s been going on and bring you along for this next phase of my journey as I try to figure out where to go from here. More to come…

18 Comments on Shifting Focus

  1. Andi
    June 14, 2017 at 4:24 pm (5 months ago)

    I enjoy your blog. Not just weight loss related topics so it would be nice to read about other things in your life. I kept your blog in my Feedly so I can see whatever you post.

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  2. Eryn
    June 14, 2017 at 7:41 pm (5 months ago)

    I’d be happy to see you back in my feed! I was just thinking about how sad I am about a large number of blogs that just kind of ghost. I mean, I get it, I’ve never gotten past a week or writing, but yes! Come back, write whatever. 🙂

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  3. Stephanie
    June 15, 2017 at 1:07 am (5 months ago)

    I’m glad you’re back – talking about whatever you like to talk about. Because you know what – at least one of us will be able to relate to whatever your stop your journey is on. And, we (I) love reading your writing!! I was JUST thinking about you and so I am so glad to see your post pop into my inbox. So just blather on about whatever hits you and know we are fully on board to hear your story!

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  4. Carrie @ Season It Already.com
    June 15, 2017 at 8:34 am (5 months ago)

    Welcome back! Unless one is a full-time top-money-making blogger, I think we all feel that way about blogging at some point. You need to make it what suits you!

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  5. Elsa Barbi
    June 15, 2017 at 8:36 am (5 months ago)

    So funny I just started blogging again too after stopping a year ago!! I’m still struggling and even went up about 15 lbs – the struggle is real!

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  6. 16blessingsmom
    June 15, 2017 at 8:56 am (5 months ago)

    I am old enough to be your mother, ha, I have a daughter who is 32, but I can so relate to your blog. The struggle IS real. Blogging is therapeutic for me, but I also reading about other’s trials, struggles, victories, and also day to day life. So welcome back!!!

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  7. Tori
    June 15, 2017 at 9:05 am (5 months ago)

    Yessss! Miss your face 🙂

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  8. Lynette Romig
    June 15, 2017 at 9:15 am (5 months ago)

    Was so happy to see an email notification from your blog. I too would read anything you have to write about! Welcome back!

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  9. Katie
    June 15, 2017 at 9:24 am (5 months ago)

    Welcome back! I’m excited to catch up on anything/everything!

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  10. Samantha
    June 15, 2017 at 9:53 am (5 months ago)

    Welcome back! Always enjoyed reading your posts and would certainly still follow if it is not weight-loss related.

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  11. Amy
    June 15, 2017 at 10:33 am (5 months ago)

    Looking forward to reading more!!!

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  12. Sherri Stumph
    June 15, 2017 at 10:41 am (5 months ago)

    I am so happy to have you back! We have missed you.

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  13. Jillian
    June 15, 2017 at 11:28 am (5 months ago)

    Still following! I follow blogs because the writer’s life interests me, not for weight loss tips etc. looking fwd to reading your posts soon, I’ve missed your blog!

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  14. Kim Waltz
    June 15, 2017 at 3:07 pm (5 months ago)

    Looking to reading about YOU and catching up on Adult Life. Missed ya

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  15. Nina
    June 15, 2017 at 6:13 pm (5 months ago)

    Looking forward to reading about your new adventures.

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  16. News 33 Live
    June 17, 2017 at 5:26 pm (5 months ago)

    Amazing Looking forward to reading about your new adventures.

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  17. Kathy
    June 19, 2017 at 8:32 am (5 months ago)

    Glad to see this pop up in my Feedly! And to be honest, also glad to see there may be a shift in focus as I personally have moved away from being interested in weight loss and “healthy living”. Write about what you want- excited to see what comes up!

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